Stoudemire Feels ‘Great’ A Day After Debut


By MATT FALKENBURY

Special to ZAGSBLOG

GREENBURGH, N.Y.

With the Knicks getting more bad news than good news regarding injuries this season, Wednesday was considered a good day.

One day after making his season debut, Amar’e Stoudemire was back on the practice court working to get back into the flow of the Knicks’ system.

Stoudemire, in his first game since the pre-season, scored six points and played 17 minutes last night in the Knicks’ 105-100 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. He struggled throughout the game on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, but Wednesday he was happy that he was feeling healthy.

“I feel great today, feel loose, I feel fit, I’m ready to go,” he said ahead of Thursday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs at MSG. “A great sign coming out of the first game. To feel as good as I do now, is definitely a great sign.”

Stoudemire worked during practice on defense with the rest of the team, emphasizing rotations in the half court. He later  worked on his shooting with coach Dave Hopla before calling it a day.

He was asked how he felt about his debut and although he was excited about returning to the court, he did acknowledgethat returning from his injury is still a process.

“It was awesome, I was a little bit rusty still,” he said. “But that is to be expected after not playing for nine months. My second half [against the Trail Blazers] was better than my first half and hopefully [Thursday's] game will be better than the first game, and that process continues.”

Coach Mike Woodson spoke about Stoudemire’s performance and thought that as the game went on he got better.

“I thought early that he struggled, but I thought that as the game went on he started to find his rhythm a little bit and we expected that,” Woodson said. “Eventually he will get where he needs to be”

Carmelo Anthony (coming off his 45-point outburst), Tyson Chandler and, Jason Kidd were not on the floor when the media was allowed in for practice, but Woodson did say they shot and watched video with the team and gave no indication they were to miss any time.

With the Knicks struggling right now, losing five of eight, getting players healthy and ready to go for the rest of the season will be vital.

The focus for the Knicks now is how they can move past this bump in the road and get Stoudemire back to playing at his previous All-Star levels.

Stoudemire’s back and has passed his first hurdle, being pain free and healthy after his first game back. Now, he must be patient to see how long it takes for him to return to the player he hopes to be.

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358 comments
braziljets
braziljets

Friends,

I always learn a lot here! Considering it’s offseason and soccer cup… I’ve noticed some comments are a little misunderstood…

So trying to clarify: talking about next game USA and Germany will face each other and some opinions here think it should be a sleepy game and if they tide everybody would be happy, right?!

Well, not entirely right, fellows! Think this way: it’s not about the fact Brazil is playing great (cause we’re not!) but we’re still hosting the competition… so 1st of Group G will go to the top middle of the bracket (same as Brazil if Brazil stands as 1st) and will face probably France early (Rd8). Well, 2nd of G will go to the bottom part and probably will find Argentina (Rd8) on their way.

So, my opinion (and I saw a lot of these situations before!) both teams will fight for what they think it can be easier in future and the tide belongs to Germany.

BUT, be careful cause if Germany 2 X 0 US AND Portugal 3 X 0 Gana… Portugal goes ahead and NOT USA… seems unusual but it’s still mathematics.

Cheers,

Marvel
Marvel

so US and Germany should just stand still for 90 minutes..


;-)

Bent
Bent moderator

Will be interesting to get NYPCE's take on the upcoming clash!

Marvel
Marvel

so, win or draw and advance on your own ?


lose and pray for help ?


correct ?

Marvel
Marvel

Not a soccer guy (normally but this tournament has caught my eye, kinda like overtime playoff hockey does)..


but that draw actually hurt, how do you allow that pass to get off..smfh.. Not gonna pretend to know the game but im going straight for the legs in that scenario.



wow

marcus81
marcus81

as Jim Rome would say, that was an exciting Soccer tie, did you see that my team almost won

Bent
Bent moderator

So to reset, a draw or win against Germany puts you guys through.


If you lose, it will come down to goal difference unless Portugal v Ghana is a draw.


If you lose and Ghana wins, you will probably be out (although not definitely...a 2-1 loss and a 1-0 Ghana win for example would put you through).


If you lose and Portugal wins, you will probably go through unless the amount you lose by and they win by adds up to five or more.

Brendan
Brendan

Now we have to root for Portugal to beat Ghana. 


Ugh. 

marcus81
marcus81

this Soccer game reminds of the Jets, they make big play and then let the other team make big plays on them, had to throw that Jet reference

Bent
Bent moderator

Bradley pissed me off in the last game (and I'm not even a USA fan) by giving the ball away late (when he could easily run out the clock).  You got lucky that this wasn't punished then, but then he did it three more times in injury time.


Guh.  Again...sorry guys.


Could be worse.  You could be England.

WW85
WW85

how do you give up that goal?

Bent
Bent moderator

a57se was right.  Soccer sucks.


Sorry, guys.  :o(

Bent
Bent moderator

@braziljets That's a good point.  If Germany thinks their path to the final is easier by winning the group then they will try and ensure they do so.  However, a tie is enough for them to do this, so I'd suggest this makes a tie even more likely.  I can't see them risking a loss and going out of the competition altogether, so while it may not be a "sleepy" game, I expect them to get plenty of men behind the ball.


As for the US, I don't think they're looking past this game.  Getting out of the group would be an absolute triumph for them and playing a great team in the last 16 would be good for the game.

Pat d
Pat d

Ghana most likely will beat Portugal

Pat d
Pat d

No one has advanced in the US group.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Marvel Holds it...holds it...HOOOLDS IT!!!

Bent
Bent moderator

@Marvel No, but you need a conservative gameplan.  A 1-0 loss still gives you a good chance of going through.  If you chase the game and lose by four or five, that chance drops significantly.


Obviously things will change as the games are played (simultaneously, if you were not aware), so that strategy might need to change later on.  Basically both teams will want to keep it tight and will hope that the other game is also tight.

Brendan
Brendan

@Marvel Lose and other teams tie and they still advance, but I guess that still is considered help. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@Dr. Jonathan Reefer "Is FIFA corrupt enough..."  Imma stop you right there.  YES.


However...In situations like this in the past, FIFA has threatened sanctions.  I don't know if they have leeway within the current rules to refuse to award either team a point if they make no effort to win, but I wouldn't be surprised if they warn both teams before the game


As a general rule, they only usually intervene when it screws England.  It's hard to draw a line between a very conservative gameplan and a game where neither team crosses the halfway line (which has happened before).

Rudibager
Rudibager

@Marvel In my eyes, it was all Bradley's fault.  All he had to do was boot the ball up the field with 30 seconds left.  Instead, he messed around with the ball at midfield, lost it, and then Ronaldo made that beautiful cross.


Bradley had a very very very good game except for that though.  But damn....

Bent
Bent moderator

@Marvel Might not have been a bad idea.  Ronaldo is renowned for his dead ball abilities, but he's been off-kilter all tournament.

Bent
Bent moderator

@marcus81 That was such a good match I watched it five times.  Checkthat, seven times.  Checkthat, NINE TIMES.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brendan You're rooting for a draw.  If Portugal wins, you don't want it to be a blowout.


A draw puts you through regardless of your own result against Germany.

a57se
a57se

@Brendan 

Is that the only scenario that the US can advance on?

a57se
a57se

@Bent 

Is Bradley the bald headed guy who kept giving the ball to potugal?

braziljets
braziljets

@Bent You're not giving credit for US team. Personally I can see them reaching the Rd8 easy. Question will be who they would like to face then... France or Argentina? hmmm that´s tricky!

Bent
Bent moderator

@Pat d I still expect Portugal to win that game tbh

jdb4
jdb4

@Bent @Marvel 

Perhaps one of the best Simpsons episodes ever... The Cartridge Family

a57se
a57se

@Bent @Dr. Jonathan Reefer 

Meh...knowing ther GERMANS, they'll promise to play for a draw then come out and score 5 goals before the USA figures out they were lying!!!

Remember Peal Harbor!!!

Bent
Bent moderator

@Rudibager @Marvel Yeah, as I said below (or maybe above) Bradley did the same thing in the Ghana game, trying to go for goal with 30 seconds left when he could have just run to the far corner and wound down the clock.  This left Ghana with the chance for one final attack which could have tied the game.


It was akin to Shonn Greene scoring against the Pats in the postseason and forcing the Jets to recover an onside kick to clinch the win, whereas if he pulled up short of the goal line, all they had to do was take a knee.

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent Yeah, I just don't think it'll end up as a tie with both teams throwing it all forward most of the game. But yes, a tie is the best outcome. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Now, a win or a tie and they're in. But in the event they lose to Germany (who will be playing to win), Portugal beating Ghana increases their chances to advance. I'm obviously rooting for a win, but that's the backup plan. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent Yes and he is actually a good player.


His Giradi impersonation was not funny though.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Hanknaples Ronaldo is really good, Hank.  He's playing hurt though.  Even then he still set up the equalizer with a brilliant cross.


I don't like him and I definitely don't rate him as highly as I do Messi, but he's one of the top five players in the world, just hasn't had a chance to display his best so far.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Easy, Bluto. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brendan @a57se Knowing Germany and their reputation for ruthless efficiency, I can see them playing for a boring draw and knocking Portugal (a potential threat) out automatically.


You should hope for this.

a57se
a57se

@Bent @a57se 

That is exactly who he reminded of though he had a little help from Dreadlocks too...

Brendan
Brendan

@Bent Do they really think of a team that they just thumped 4-0 and is ailing as a threat, though? 

a57se
a57se

@Bent @Brendan @a57se 

That's what I was thinking...I could see the german coach talking to the US german coach and agreeing that a draw would benefit everyone as it would knock out Portugal!

Bent
Bent moderator

@Brendan @Bent Yes, Portugal is a sleeping giant.  They blew them out because of the dumb sending-off.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent @Brendan There have been situations in the past where teams literally just passed the ball around making no effort to score because they knew a draw benefited both teams.  


There's not a whole lot FIFA can do about this, but they threatened sanctions in the past.